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By Jill Cowan | December 11, 2012
Just as its first meeting in the city's new council chambers was set to begin at 7 p.m. across town Tuesday evening, instead of its scheduled time of 6:30 p.m., the Newport Beach City Council voted to increase fees for residential piers in the face of Christmas Boat Parade boycott threats and continuing outcry. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle voted against the fee hikes, which raised fees for pier owners on state-owned, city-administered tidelands from a flat $100 annually, to 52.5 cents per square foot of usable dock space.
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By Britney Barnes | September 17, 2012
While Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke at a private fundraiser Monday evening in Costa Mesa, a small group of mostly Planned Parenthood supporters protested outside. The former Massachusetts governor's appearance at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall was his fourth Orange County stop since March. Tickets to the event started at $1,000 and reached $50,000. Among the attendees were Costa Mesa councilmen Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger. Romney, who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday morning, is on a Southland tour.
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By Mike Reicher | August 20, 2012
Newport Beach city officials recently rejected a request from a group of commercial marina owners who wish to audit the city's Tidelands Fund. Marina owners contend that the tidelands finances are mixed up with those of general city services, and they shouldn't pay higher rent until the fund is inspected. City officials have sought to wring more money out of mooring holders, businesses and other harbor stakeholders in recent years, as the city invests millions in dredging and other harbor projects.
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By Joseph Serna | June 5, 2012
Costa Mesa residents jammed an Orange County Transportation Authority informational meeting this week, saying they had strong concerns about widening the San Diego (405) Freeway for the second time in a decade and the possibility of proposed toll lanes. In turn, transportation officials argued that such improvements were necessary to keep from pushing future traffic congestion south to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Three years ago, Costa Mesa commuters drove around a $7-million project to rebuild the Fairview Road bridge, and years before that, acquiesced to a $50-million project on the freeway that took more than three years to complete.
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By Joseph Serna | May 31, 2012
Local political activists are planning to meet Mitt Romney's visit to Newport Beach on Friday with a mocking wink and nudge when they dress up as faux-billionaires to protest the wealthy's influence in Washington politics. Led by 29-year-old entrepreneur and event organizer Christian Larsen, the "Billionaires for Romney" group will protest the Republican presidential candidate's fundraising visit to the Balboa Bay Club and Resort at 5:30 p.m. across the street. "We want to draw attention to the dangers of unchecked Wall Street power to the 99%," Larsen wrote in a news release, "and Romney, with his plans to cut capital gains tax and privatize Social Security, is a perfect target.
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From the Los Angeles Times | May 23, 2012
Environmental and anti-nuclear activists gathered at Southern California Edison headquarters in Irvine on Wednesday calling for the San Onofre nuclear plant to be decommissioned and for the utility to implement more extensive conservation programs. The plant has been shut down for nearly four months due to safety concerns over excessive wear on tubes in the plant's newly installed steam generators. Edison has yet to publicly say what missteps led to the wear -- which officials said was occurring because the flow of steam caused some tubes to vibrate excessively and rub against each other and support structures.
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By Britney Barnes | May 3, 2012
Chants of "Enough is enough" and "More classes, fewer managers" rose above the after-work traffic Wednesday night as protesters filled the sidewalks around Harbor Boulevard and Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa. Adults waved signs stating "Preserve classes, no executive raises" and "Do not kill our future, educate us," while one girl clutched a sign with "My future matters. " About 200 current and former faculty, staff and students, along with community members, rallied along the streets around and in front of the Coast Community College District's headquarters to express their concerns about budget cuts and reduced course offerings.
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By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 24, 2012
Dressed in festive pirate regalia, more than a dozen protesters rallied Saturday afternoon below the Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone, supporting the side yard boat restoration project of Newport Beach shipwright Dennis Holland. Holding pirate flags and picket signs while chanting "Save The Shawnee," the protesters - some coming from hundreds of miles away - attracted the attention of the bustling Saturday crowd, just in front of the ferry to Balboa Island. Waving signage stating "Don't let mediocre minds destroy a great ship" and "Screwing someone legally is still wrong," the group collectively cited The Shawnee's historical significance as their reason for protesting the ordinance that requires Holland to move the boat off his property.
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By Missy Ann Schweiger | February 25, 2012
President Obama visited Corona del Mar for a meet-and-greet fundraiser Feb. 16, and the news media reported the event with pictures. Where was the fair and the balanced? Only one brave reporter, Brian Calle with the Orange County Register, reported what he witnessed. The other press members must have been given a lesson on how to distort the truth. Hmmm, who is paying their salaries? As a local patriotic resident of CdM, I began my walk on Coast Highway to meet my girl friends at 7:25 am carrying American flags and our protest signs.
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By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | February 24, 2012
Eight months after its opening drew thousands of protesters to Corona del Mar, I Heart Puppies is closing its retail shop at 2801 E. Coast Hwy., according to a sign in the shop's window. "I Heart Puppies would like to thank the community of CdM for their kindness, generosity and support. Sadly, we are closing our storefront," the sign states. "I Heart Puppies will continue to provide the same quality puppies for sale on our website, where we will be able to offer a larger variety of breeds.
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